May 20, 2018

Are you tired of teeth that are dull? Are you embarrassed by your smile because your teeth are stained from age, food or injury? If so, we can help. We offer different options for cosmetic dentistry in Alexandria, VA, and want you to better understand why porcelain veneers may be better for you than teeth whitening.

What Are Veneers?

If the tooth is discolored, a veneer can be placed over the top to improve the appearance of the shape and color of the tooth without drilling or anesthesia. Veneers are thin laminate shells that are placed over the front of the natural tooth to hide discoloration from tooth stains, or any other flaws you may have.

The Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

One of the major benefits of dental veneers is that they are created and crafted for each individual patient. This means that you can choose the color and shade that matches your remaining teeth, making your smile look more natural. With tooth whitening, you lack this type of flexibility with color.

While bleaching is a great option to improve the look of your teeth, it may be a short-term fix for a bigger problem. Veneers are a more permanent option when you want your teeth to stand the test of time. Porcelain Veneers are extremely durable and stain resistant, which means you don’t have to keep bleaching or whitening them. When they are properly placed and maintained, they can also last up to 20 years, making the initial investment worth the long-term benefits.

At times, patients report irritation with teeth whitening that is uncommon with porcelain veneers. Whitening can also be effective for those whose teeth are stained yellow, but less effective for those with gray or brown shaded teeth. Veneers offer more options for all patients.

Give Us a Call

If you want a brighter, whiter smile this summer, give us a call at Alexandria Art of Dentistry to schedule a consultation today. Dr. Varipapa will discuss the pros and cons of each treatment and help you choose which is right for you.



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